Austin TX pediatric dentist & orthodontist

Dr. Phil Matson

 

Pediatric Dentist

 

About Dr. Matson

Dr. Matson was born in Honolulu, HI but grew up in eastern Washington state in a city called Kennewick.  Even from a young age, I enjoyed working with young children.  I think it’s probably because they are so genuine in their emotions and much, much easier to read than adults.  You can be silly, laugh and have fun all day with kids!  When I applied to dental school, one of the things that I wrote about on my personal essay was my uncle Kerry, who is a pediatrician in Washington state.  He was always the adult who could relate to us kids the best and yet still be the person that we looked to for help when one of the cousins had an injury or other ailment.  I wanted to lead a life where I could be goofy and have fun, but still truly be an asset and advocate for children’s health like Kerry.  Every day I get to go to work, be a goof and still help children so I feel very blessed to have landed in this career.

 

Patient care

For every patient that comes through our door, I want them to leave our office with a positive outlook on oral health. I want to provide patients and parents with the knowledge and skills to help minimize oral diseases like tooth decay and gum disease through preventative education.  Also, I want our practice to feel like it’s a comfortable place where the children and parents feel safe, well cared for and a “home” for their dental needs.

I think the best feeling I get from my job is probably when I work with a fearful child and show them that dentistry doesn’t need to be a scary thing.  People have fears for all sorts of reasons; maybe they’ve been mistreated in the past, maybe they have been fed scary stories from a friend, sibling or relative, maybe they are just a nervous person.  Whatever the reason, it feels great when I can start with someone who doesn’t necessarily trust dentistry and finish with them smiling, high-fiving and saying, “that was easier than I thought!”

 

Training

Dr. Matson attended the University of Washington in Seattle for undergrad.  After receiving a BS in Biology, Dr. Matson spent the next few years working, traveling and volunteering in South and Central America.  He returned back to the Pacific Northwest to once again to attend the University of Washington School of Dentistry, deciding early on that he would pursue the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry.  After dental school, he and his wife moved to Dallas, where he completed his Masters and certificate of pediatric dentistry through the Texas A&M Health Sciences Baylor College of Dentistry.  He is a board certified pediatric dentist and a member of the AAPD, ADA and TAPD.

Education

Bachelors Degree in Biology from the University of Washington in Seattle
Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Washington in Seattle, 2013
Doctorate of Pediatric Dental Surgery from the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, 2005

Professional Recognition & Memberships

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
American Dental Association
Texas Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

 

Outside the Office

While attending the University of Washington in Seattle for undergrad, I met and fell in love with my wife, Meghan. Meghan has the biggest heart and is the sweetest person I know. She has the amazing gift of making friends with everyone she meets.

We lived in Seattle for ten years before moving to Texas. During residency, we took several trips to Austin and it quickly became our favorite place.  We enjoy the similarities of the two cities: outdoor activities, people, culture and food, but Austin is the best of both worlds because it offers all of those wonderful things without the rain and cold of the Pacific Northwest. We applied for jobs in Austin, were hired, and the rest is history.

At the end of 2017, we welcomed our first child, a healthy baby boy, Clayton to our family. It’s an exciting new chapter of our life together, everyday is a new joy and we can’t get enough of him!

 

COMMUNITY

When we lived in Seattle I used to volunteer with an organization called Treehouse which worked with foster children to provide them better opportunities in education.  I used to tutor kids in their after school program and worked one on one with a mentee through a program called “coaching to college”.  Between undergrad and dental school I spent a few months in Peru working in an after school program as well.  I’ve done multiple dental related things like free dental care for children of the boys and girls club and a dental mission trip to Honduras.  Now that roots are being planted more firmly here in Austin, I’m on the hunt for more opportunities in the community and excited for things we will be doing through the office!